4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

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  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)

Be struck by the beautiful silence of Doubtful Sound as you cruise the crystal waters and take in the breathtaking scenery. Journey across Lake Manapouri, cross over the 670-meter high Wilmot Pass and enjoy a 3-hour catamaran cruise through pure serenity that is Doubtful Sound.


  • 3-hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels

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What You Can Expect

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Hidden in the south-west corner of New Zealand's South Island, deep in the heart of the Fiordland National Park, lies Doubtful Sound. Ten times larger than Milford Sound it is an unspoiled wilderness of many moods, one minute clear, blue and sun drenched, the next mysterious and mist shrouded. A wild place of dense rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and deep still waters - quiet, serene and green!

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then enjoy a road trip over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainforest and to view the colorful alpine moss gardens.

On reaching Deep Cove, you will board a spacious catamaran for a three hour cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. The skipper provides a detailed commentary and point out highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently come alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful tour, the rain made it even better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A long day but excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Well organised, well worth seeing, good coaches, good vessels, cheerfully witty drivers. Nothing to complain about, everything to praise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A great day. From the moment we boarded the coach to our return to Frankton. The driver was a great guide and Eve who did the second bus trip was equally informative. Because the sun shone the whole day was amazing. Cannot find fault with any aspect of the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Wow - long day but really worth it - this tour was the best. Including the bouncing trip into the Tasman and Manapouri power station. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Very informative. Lots to see, especially when we found dolphins, penguins, and seals in the Sound. The 2-hour bus trip from Queenstown was also a good way to learn more about the area -- our driver for this part of the tour, Tracey, was very knowledgeable and answered any and all questions we had regarding the flora, fauna, and general lie of the land. The only thing the organisers couldn't fix was the weather, but it has rained for at least part of the trip every time I have ventured down to the south-west coast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Really enjoyed trip although rather a long day. We had beautiful weather so don't know if it would be a different experience if the weather was bad.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Good trip but poor service from Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Had a really great day even though it rained, this was good as creates so mnay beuatiful waterfalls, did not seem much wildlife but great all the same

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